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Blogmarks in Aug, 2007

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Webistrano. Web based interface for managing Capistrano deployments. Cal recommends having a “deploy to live site” button in his book; this looks like an easy way to build that. # 31st August 2007, 11:05 pm

Python 3.0a1 released. Wow, that was a pretty fast turnaround. Betas are planned for 2008, with a final release scheduled for August. # 31st August 2007, 8:36 pm

They promised us jetpacks, too. Ben Hammersley points out that the recent flying car story has done the rounds many times before. I’m sure I remember it from my childhood. # 31st August 2007, 10:28 am

XFML (via) Throwing the new home for the XFML specification some Google juice; the domain name got nabbed by a squatter. # 30th August 2007, 10:27 pm

Ganeti (via) New from Google (developed in the Zurich office): virtual server management tool designed to “facilitate cluster management”, built on top of Xen. # 30th August 2007, 9:51 pm

Long pages work. And thanks to Pay Per Click advertising, splitting an article over multiple pages to get more ad impressions doesn’t make sense any more. # 30th August 2007, 12:40 pm

Thoughts on (and pics of) the original Macintosh User Manual. “[I] was struck by how it had to explain a total paradigm shift in interacting with computers”. # 30th August 2007, 5:32 am

Google Web Toolkit: Towards a better web. Good overview of why GWT exists, but I take exception to the title: requiring JavaScript to even display something does not make the web “better”. # 29th August 2007, 8:21 pm

A Django Cache Status. Django view to display stats pulled from your memcached server. # 25th August 2007, 2:08 pm

Why the Alt Attribute May Be Omitted. “The benefit of requiring the alt attribute to be omitted, rather than simply requiring the empty value, is that it makes a clear distinction between an image that has no alternate text (such as an iconic or graphical representation of the surrounding text) and an image that is a critical part of the content, but for which not alt text is available.” # 25th August 2007, 1:11 pm

BCS Oxfordshire: 2007/8 Programme. Need to get these in to Upcoming and tagged for # 24th August 2007, 4:49 pm

jQuery 1.1.4: Faster, More Tests, Ready for 1.2. The backwards compatibility policy for 1.2 is pretty clever: provide a plugin that restores removed functionality (such as XPath selectors). # 24th August 2007, 4:22 pm

Building a JavaScript Library. Slides from John Resig’s Google Tech Talk. Some great tips in here, including: make your APIs orthogonal, look for common patterns, keep things extensible and write the documentation yourself. # 24th August 2007, 4:02 pm

Brad Neuberg’s Personal Research Agenda. Inspiring; lots of interesting problems to solve. I also liked the idea of moving to Thailand during a tech downturn and hacking on interesting projects while spending $200/month on living costs. # 23rd August 2007, 1:40 am

Satchmo 0.5 Release. Django powered e-commerce application, “the webshop for perfectionists with deadlines”. # 22nd August 2007, 10:36 pm

The Shrinking Python Web Framework World. Python used to suffer from a paradox of choice with regards to Web frameworks; today things are considerably easier for new developers. # 22nd August 2007, 10:06 pm

Live Query jQuery plugin. Ingenious plugin that lets you register jQuery event bindings to be executed when a new element matching the provided selector is added to the DOM. Performance is kept snappy by only running the check after a jQuery DOM manipulation method has been executed (append, prepend, attr etc); it won’t notice elements added using regular DOM methods. # 22nd August 2007, 10:01 pm

Django and the iPhone tutorial. How to install SSH, Python and Django on your iPhone and get Django running against the call database. Less complicated than I expected. # 21st August 2007, 11:34 am

H.264 support coming to the Flash player. It looks like this is a response to the higher video quality offered by Silverlight. I wonder if YouTube knew about this when they started transcoding their videos to H.264 for the Apple TV and iPhone. # 21st August 2007, 8:28 am

XRAY now works in IE. Westciv’s smart CSS debugging bookmarklet now works in IE 6. # 21st August 2007, 8:07 am

An update on Google Video feedback. Google are now offering a real refund to everyone who bought a video, and are letting people keep the Google Checkout credit as well. Purchased videos will keep working for six months. # 21st August 2007, 7:54 am

BBC Olinda digital radio: Social hardware. Schulze and Webb made a social radio prototype for the BBC; the IPR will be under an attribution license so manufacturers can run with it without asking for permission first. # 20th August 2007, 9:47 pm

Some thoughts on Mahalo. Rich Skrenta with notes on running a large site that lives and dies by SEO traffic. # 20th August 2007, 5:23 pm

Bust A Name. Smart Ajax powered domain search; you give it some words, it shows you available combinations. It’s still almost impossible to find something that doesn’t suck though. # 20th August 2007, 3:40 pm

E-Voting Ballots Not Secret; Vendors Don’t See Problem. “You know things are bad when questions about a technical matter like security are answered by a public-relations firm.” # 20th August 2007, 3:19 pm

BabelDjango. Tools for integrating Christopher Lenz’s Babel i18n framework with Django. # 20th August 2007, 2:59 pm

Skype: What happened on August 16. Windows Update caused a massive global reboot, which destabilised Skype’s peer to peer network due to the flood of log-in requests. # 20th August 2007, 2:11 pm

OpenID status update from Korea. Sounds like OpenID is making healthy progress there. # 19th August 2007, 6:10 pm

A study of the Galaxy Song by Eric Idle. More than twenty years later, the science of the Galaxy Song from Monty Python’s Meaning of Life mostly still holds. # 19th August 2007, 11:18 am

Django on the iPhone. Jacob got it working. The next image in his photostream shows the Django admin application querying his phone’s local database of calls. # 19th August 2007, 7:58 am